View Full Version : Satalite Internet in UK

02-18-2002, 04:29 PM

I have to get a faster connection now. I cant get cable or DSL, not avaible in my area. So the only other thing i can see is ISDN or Satalite, i think isdn is phraphs a bit expensive.

Does anyone know any Satalite providers in the UK.


02-18-2002, 05:11 PM
I feel for you.

In Plymouth we should be getting cable soon, if blueyonder get their ****ing act together (I ****ing wish).

02-18-2002, 09:01 PM
Remember sat has a 0.5 second latency (as the beam travels to space and back) so no good for real time apps ie games.

Two way sat has just been introduced there in Aus, otherwise still need modem link to send requests. Rain and snow also interfere with the link.

02-19-2002, 07:28 AM
InMarSat's new Fleet 77 service is a 64kb ISDN like service. Although targetting mostly the maritime market, the satelites' footprints are such that the service is available anywhere, (up to about 3 degrees of the poles).

We are currently building a new series of ground stations for InMarSat, which, coupled with 2 new satelites launching next year, will up the data rate to 2Mb.

Fleet 77...


My company's Fleet 77 system...


... I haven't a clue how much any of this stuff costs, I design/code them, not sell them! We have other solutions which are probably cheaper, browse the site.

02-19-2002, 01:17 PM
Although the whole idea of Sat Internet is cool, the practical use of it from an end user point of view is a little disapointing.

It basically works by using your phone to send requests, at 33Kb, and the dish outside your house receives them - usually at 512Mb - but if your one to upload as well as download, then you won't get as much benefit as a surfer would.

The downside is
a: the cost - ISDN can be rented using the BT Anytime deal, so your costs are capped - The deal for Sat is up to the ISP but generally works along the lines of data downloaded.

b: as its a digital datastream, the weather seriously affects the quality - if it starts to snow, you loose your internet connection.

The ISP's are using spare transponders on the TV Satellites to make it cheaper, and in a few years, it might be the best option, but for the time being, I wouldn't bother.

Stick to ISDN and use 2 lines to give you 128Mb when you need it.

02-19-2002, 01:22 PM
hmm, ok so sat isnt to good then.

Can you tell me the full costs of ISDN with the 2e thing. Like the setup fee and monthly costs.


02-19-2002, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by f0ul

Stick to ISDN and use 2 lines to give you 128Mb when you need it.

I wish, it's 128Kb

02-19-2002, 01:34 PM

If you require a new ISDN 2e connection the Start Up cost is 199. The quarterly Start Up rental fee is 138 which includes a 60 call allowance.

Thats more that a cable connection, just to much... i will have to wait

02-19-2002, 08:02 PM
>>It basically works by using your phone to send requests, at 33Kb,
Haven't you got two way sat yet? (no phone link needed)

I am arguing with the teleco here, Telstra, as they have finally told me it will be 'a long time if ever' I get cable or DSL.

My house is <5Km from the CBD of a state capital city.